Dave’s Faves for the Bonhams Auction on 20 June 2018

In their half-yearly fine art auction, Bonhams present 162 lots, an unusually large offering including a number of Aboriginal artworks.

Closer inspection of the catalogue reveals that the first 19 lots are from mixed vendors, and the remainder is made up from just two collections: the Bonita Croft and late Gene Zemaitis collection comprising lots 20 to 58, while the majority, lots 59 to 162, are from the collection of the Late Michael Hobbs OAM.

Both these collections allow a revealing insight into the reasons for collecting, as well as the style and range of a collection. In particular the Hobbs collection presents some wonderful “small” and early works of younger artists. Their lower spectrum of estimates, starting from $700, surely would make for an enticing entry into buying in the fine art auction room.

Bonhams will donate a part of their proceeds to the establishment of the Michael Hobbs People’s Choice Award, partnered with Contour 556 which supports Australian artists and foster the role of art.

Personal viewing in Sydney is from 14 to 19 June at the NCJWA Hall, 111 Queen Street, Woollahra, and online at the Bonhams’ website.

The auction takes place in the same venue on Wednesday, 20 June, starting at 6 pm.

If you are looking to add to your own collection, contact us for unbiased and independent advice and due diligence prior to the sale. Simply contact us on 02 9977 7764 and email [email protected]. We are happy to assist you before, during and after the auction.

And Dave’s Faves are:

Lot 1 Ethel Spowers

Lot 1 – Ethel Spowers, The Timber Crane, 19 x 23.5 cm, est. $10,000-15,000. Fifty Shades of Grey

Lot 2 – Herbert Badham, The Bus Stop, 1958, 54.5 x 44 cm, est. $40,000-60,000. Don’t Quit!

Lot 3 Roy de Maistre

Lot 3 – Roy de Maistre, Still Life with Marrow, c1934, 28 x 38 cm, est. $50,000-70,000. Modernist Marrow?

Lot 4 Roy de Maistre

Lot 4 – Roy de Maistre, Figure on Sofa, c1932, 48 x 59 cm, est. $20,000-30,000. Yves Klein Blue


lot 8 Sidney Nolan

Lot 8 – Sidney Nolan, Burke and Camel, 1964, 76 x 68.5 cm, est. $50,000-70,000. Rollin’ Nolan

Lot 21 Cressida Campbell

Lot 21 – Cressida Campbell, Kitchen Utensils, 1993, 46 x 62 cm, est. $50,000-70,000. My Kitchen Rules

Lot 59 Robert Klippel

Lot 59 – Robert Klippel, Opus 240, 1968, 45 x 52 cm, est. $10,000-15,000. Praying Mantis

Lot 60 – Clement Meadmore, Kelly, c1955, 23 cm high, est. $4,000-6,000. Ned Kelly Armed and Armoured

Lot 66 Ralph Balson

Lot 66 – Ralph Balson, Painting no. 36, 1956, 59 x 66.5 cm, est. $80,000-120,000. Balson The Bold

Lot 86 Nicholas Harding

Lot 86 – Nicholas Harding, Frangipani, 2003, 51 x 51 cm, est. $,500-6,500. Fluid Frangipani

Lot 88 Emily Kngwarreye

Lot 88 – Emily Kngwarreye, Untitled, 1994, 91.5 x 61 cm, est. $6,000-9,000. Stick Your Red Dot Here

Lot 94 Noel McKenna

Lot 94 – Noel McKenna, Two Islands, 1988, 23.5 x 29 cm, est. $700-1,000. Islands in the Stream

Lot 97 Shaun Gladwell

Lot 97 – Shaun Gladwell, Study for an aRt Gallery with staircase and lift access, 1998, 40 x 60 cm, est. $2,000-4,000. NGV Contemporary Gallery Proposal Perhaps?

Lot 99 Sidney Nolan

Lot 99 – Sidney Nolan, Bottlebrush, 1953, 71.5 x 58.5 cm, est. $25,000-35,000. Don’t Brush This One Aside

Lot 105 Rosalie Gascoigne

Lot 105 – Rosalie Gascoigne, Collection II, c1976/77, 14 x 38.5 cm, est. $5,000-8,000. Start Your Own Butterfly Collection

Lot 109 – Marea Gazzard, Personage II, 2005, 28.5 cm high, est. $4,000-6,000. Marea’s Muted Mask

Lot 110 – George Baldessin, Untitled (diptych), 11 cm high each, est. $800-1,200. A Fine Pair

Lot 129 Bronwyn Oliver

Lot 129 – Bronwyn Oliver, Spin, 2003, 32.5 cm high, est. $40,000-60,000. Put Your Own Spin On It

Lot 137 Cressida Campbell

Lot 137 – Cressida Campbell, Mandarin with Chinese, Plate, 2004, 17 x 19.5 cm, est. $12,000-18,000. Oranges are not the only fruit

Lot 138 Rosalie Gascoigne

Lot 138 – Rosalie Gascoigne, Pavement III, 1998, 69 x 52 cm, est. $50,000-70,000. It’s obviously a sign

Lot 147 Euan MacLeod

Lot 147 – Euan MacLeod, Study Tall Iceberg no. 10, 2009, 51 x 38 cm, est. $1,200-2,000. Winter’s Finally Here


Written by

Brigitte Banziger

Hello, my name is Brigitte Banziger and I am an art consultant and manager at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, Australia's art valuation and art advice experts. We offer comprehensive art valuation and art brokerage services (selling and buying art on behalf of clients). Our art services cover everything from valuations, art care and restoration, to general advice such as helping define the goals for your art collection and work out the best strategy on how to achieve those goals, including where, how and when to buy or sell.

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